A Prayer to the God of Peace

“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:20-21)

God of peace,
Bringer of shalom to a world of unending conflict,
Maker of unity amidst currents of angst,
Giver of the gift of the Lamb who takes away sin and death
by dying and rising in miraculous power,
guide us through this wearisome way
that we might enjoy abundant life in You.
Equip us in the midst of weakness
that we might follow Your word and walk in Your will.
Work in us what brings You greatest pleasure,
for living in Your joy and delight we find You as our greatest treasure.
We look to You, our loving Father.
We look to You, the glorified Son.
We look to You, the ever-present Spirit.
Three in One, thrice holy God,
our lives are Yours,
now and forever.
Amen.

A Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

John Wesley

A friend recently reminded me of this important prayer of consecration within the Wesleyan tradition. One source says, “John Wesley adapted this prayer from the Puritan tradition that was so important to his parents, Samuel and Suzannah, and life in the Epworth rectory. It informed his theology and preaching. He expected the people called ‘Methodists'”‘ to pray this prayer at the beginning of each new year as a way of remembering and renewing their baptismal covenant.” It is a good one to return to again and again in our life.

I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.
Amen.

By John Wesley, evangelist and founder of the Methodist movement.

A Prayer for Deeper Life in Christ

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete. (1 John 1:1-4)

Lord, teach me Your ways; the ways of eternal life in Jesus Christ. Although I have not seen and heard You in the flesh quite like John the Apostle, take me into that same fellowship with You which John describes.

I confess that I long for deeper life with You. I know there are ways I need to grow and aspects of my life that need Your transforming touch to a greater degree than I have yet experienced. Grow me with You, my God.

I confess that my thoughts are often set upon myself, Lord, instead of upon You. I know I need to be set be free self-centeredness, seeing myself more clearly in relation to You who is at the center of all things. Please speak to me, set me free, and show me the way.

I long for the full, abundant life that is found in You. I long to be satisfied in the center of my soul through You. In Your great love, God, have mercy upon me in and take me into the abundant life and way of Christ.

A Prayer to the Holy and Gracious God

For the Lord is righteous,
    he loves justice;
    the upright will see his face. (Psalm 11:7)

My life is small, imperfect, and needy,
yet I lift my eyes to You, my God.
Although You are holy and majestic,
thank You for also being full of mercy and grace.
I look to You.

All around, the world is mixed with awesome wonder and sharp pain.
Human lives yield inspiring love and shaking hostility.
I see this same mixture in myself each day,
so I humbly call out to You for myself and the world.
I look to You.

Trees and mountains tower above me, yet You are higher.
The surging lake depths yawn beneath me, yet You are deeper.
The shimmering stars stretch far beyond me, yet You reach farther.
The blood in my veins pumps all throughout me, yet You are nearer.
I look to You.

Have Your way in me as I consider this day.
and please form Your life in me as I live this, my only life.
Guide my steps in Your pathway of life
and reveal Your presence which is full of true joy
for I look to You.